Bachmann running fourth in New Hampshire

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Romney has three and a half times the support of Bachmann in New Hampshire.
Take a deep breath, everyone. Michele Bachmann's wave of momentum seems to have crested, if not collapsed altogether. According to a just-released poll by the New Hampshire Journal, Ol' Crazy Eyes is running fourth in that state, behind Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Ron Paul.

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Iowa anymore.

Romney is still popular among his fellow Northeasterners, who remember him as the moderate, if somewhat wooden former Governor of Massachusetts. He's polling at a commanding 36 percent, doubling up his next closest competitor, the newly-announced candidate Rick Perry.

Then, with 14 percent, comes Ron Paul, who ran second in the Ames Straw Poll and appeals to New Hampshire's libertarian set.

Finally, we get to Michele, our belle, at just 10 percent. After a couple months of riding high in Iowa, this is a bitter dose of reality for Bachmann's presidential hopes.

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Michele Bachmann: Titanium spine, but unpopular in the Granite State.
In the Journal's poll, the drop-off's pretty steep after Bachmann -- Herman Cain is running fifth at just 3 percent -- so Bachmann probably can't go much lower than fourth. But she's got a lot of ground to make up if she wants to have a chance in the Granite State.

The new factor here, obviously, is Perry, whose George W. Bush impression has captivated America since he announced his candidacy on Sunday. This was the first time Perry has even been listed on a New Hampshire poll, so to come in at 18 percent right off the bat has to strike fear in the heart-like organ of every candidate.

Two-thirds of Bachmann's support is coming from traditional Republicans, with the rest from self-identified "Independents." No other serious candidate -- sorry, John Huntsmaan -- relied on so much independent support to get their poll numbers.

Bachmann's "Favorable" rating comes out well enough, with 49 percent of respondents saying they like her. But another 39 percent have an "Unfavorable" view of Bachmann, putting her much, much higher on that scale than either Perry or Romney.

Our little angel is falling back to earth. Don't worry, Michele, we'll still love you when you come back to us.

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Marina
Marina

Phew!  I was really worried Kirk the Jerk was actually at work today.  Worry subsided.

JM
JM

Didn't you know? Kirk has been brought down by the man too hard to be able to afford internet at his house. He is forced to do all of these ramblings AT work! Kirk thinks, "I'll write snarky comments on liberal blogs that will BLOW THEIR MINDS!" Instead of actually working and doing what he's supposed to.  

JM
JM

Kirk - I hope you know you make as much of a difference as a hippy on a fox news blog. You're both just barking up the wrong tree. You can "wow" the city pages audience with your "facts" and "intelligence" as much as you want but no one will listen to you, ever. You spend SO much time doing so so very little. You are just like a hippy, how does that make you feel?

green23
green23

Yeah, I've often wondered why an elderly black Tea Party Republican (with all of the evangelical trimmings) would haunt the blog counterpart of a local alt-weekly.

It's not like he's changing minds. Mostly he's looking like a fool and making his "side" look crazy, hypocritical, and ignorant. He doesn't grasp the "blog" concept. He's like a guy who (repeatedly) goes to a Chinese restaurant and screams that there isn't pizza on the menu. And he's just stupid enough to actually believe that everyone in the Chinese restaurant giving him dirty looks and rolling their eyes are all really mad about the lack of pizza.

He's the fringe of the fringe. The MN GOP should seriously give him a stipend to shut the hell up and stop making them look bad.

HJ65
HJ65

Wait, wait, I gave Kirk too much credit. This is the City Pages - A weekly local paper that has no real focus on politics, and is mostly just for fun reading and entertainment to a  mostly young liberal audience. Good thing you're spending sooooooo much time with your high intelligence blowing our minds!  Kirk, you make even LESS of a difference than a hippy on a fox news blog! That's pretty impressive, sir!

Bobby
Bobby

3 of the 8 posts on the blotter today are about Michele Bachmann. Please stop this. Or at least slow down a little.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Liberal fear is in the air!

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

You kidding? I want Bachmann as the Republican candidate. She couldn't whup Obama on the whuppin-est day of her life even if she had herself an electrified whuppin' machine.

green23
green23

Just what is supposed to inspire "liberal fear" from a story showing Bachmann running in fourth place behind Ron Paul?

You do realise that this is the race for the Republican party nomination, right? It's not the general election. 10% of NH Republicans prefer Bachmann as their Party's nominee, and that is supposed to scare "liberals"?

Bachmann won a straw poll that accurately predicts the eventual winner of the Iowa caucuses about 40% of the time. Yes, just the Iowa Republican caucus - not the statewide vote for the general election, not the national general election.

Rasmussen just polled the nomination race, and Bachmann got 13% of the national vote. Those national numbers for her are quite similar to the NH results.

HJ65
HJ65

Agreed. No fear is involved here with liberals at all. I actually think it'd be great if she won the Republican nomination. She is so unelectable from the general public that she doesn't have a shot against Obama. Other Republicans in the race have a better shot. 

Bobby
Bobby

She still has to run in a nationwide election before she can be president, she couldn't even win a statewide election in Minnesota. It's not about fear, it's about page views.

vitajex
vitajex

Yeah!  I mean, they're treating her like a local personality who's running for President of the United States or something!  Like she's a big news story right now or something!  Geez!

Bobby
Bobby

Just because she's a "big news story right now" doesn't justify CP posting 2-3 extra snarky, mostly air-filled posts about what crazy thing she did or said today. Did you notice how crazy her eyes are?

Do you work for City Pages or something?

vitajex
vitajex

So a blog about local affairs that tries to publish as much about interesting, locally-connected stories as possible runs a high number of posts about one issue in one day?  I call that a "slow news day", not lazy writing or obsession or whatever it is you're claiming.

Michele Bachmann is in the news, in many different outlets, in many different formats with many different stories.  It's not unusual that there would be a fair number of posts about her.  For God's sake, they ran 3 stories about Jonathon Sharkey in, like 2 days a couple of years ago and, while he was running for President, he never polled higher than 4th in the Iowa straw polls.

And, yes, you're right.  The only person who would ever defend CityPages would HAVE to be an employee, huh?  Couldn't possibly be just an avid reader...

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